The San Antonio Spurs set a few records late Tuesday night in their 113-77 blowout of the Miami Heat. Not only did they set a Spurs team record for most made 3-pointers in an NBA Finals game, they set the record for THE most made 3-pointers in a Finals game. They just so happened to also hand the Heat their worst postseason loss in the “Big Three” era. All of this has culminated into a media storm of questions and concerns about the Heat going forward in this series.
Yes, the Heat have been playing poorly (besides Game 2, in which the bench really saved them), but what it really comes down to is one man’s desire to will his team to another championship. That man is LeBron James.
What we have seen from James so for this series has been nothing short of disappointing. He may be getting close to triple doubles every night (which for any other player this would be marvelous), but what does that matter if he isn’t asserting himself in all facets of the game? There have been numerous times this series here James looks disconcerted, even disinterested. This is a problem.
This is a team that claims to be able to flip the switch whenever necessary to pull away from their opponents, but when the best player on the planet seems to not be fully invested, well, Heat fans better pray for Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh to suddenly become studs again.
What this all boils down to is that James needs to assert himself as the best player in the world on this stage. It is inexcusable that he didn’t take a single free throw shot in Game 3. James needs to play in panic mode. The Spurs are not a team you can just sit back and assess while playing against them. James needs to come out at the beginning of Game 4 and assert himself against the Spurs defensive front. Whether it is through his post game or by bull rushing into the lane; whatever it takes for the Heat to secure a win in San Antonio.